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Old 09-12-2012, 10:24 AM   #11
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Are you feeding anything that has a high phosphate level?
I don't believe so. I am using Dr. G frozen shrimp and frozen krill. I have only tested it once but it did not show any phosphates so I do not test at every feeding
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Old 09-12-2012, 10:25 AM   #12
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Have you rescaped or disturbed the sandbed recently? Try adding twice as much water to your test and use the same amount of test liquid to see if you can find a true reading. Just double whatever the test says (if it reads 5.0 after doubling the water then your at 10.0+). If you know your true reading then you can track results much better.
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Old 09-12-2012, 10:35 AM   #13
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Have you rescaped or disturbed the sandbed recently? Try adding twice as much water to your test and use the same amount of test liquid to see if you can find a true reading. Just double whatever the test says (if it reads 5.0 after doubling the water then your at 10.0+). If you know your true reading then you can track results much better.
Just so I understand, you are saying to double the water sample but keep the test solution the same as if I am using a single water sample. Correct? I will try this tonight and post results. Thanks
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Old 09-12-2012, 10:59 AM   #14
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Yep and if you still can't get a reading you could triple and so one which is a common way to find out nitrates/nitrites/ammonia when they are off the charts.
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Old 09-13-2012, 02:57 AM   #15
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Ok, so i used 4 parts water and 1 part test solution, and it was still dark blue so the reading is +20.0

I would have kept going but I ran out of test solution. I am going to try and get to the LFS tomorrow and pick up a refill.

Any suggestions for what to try in the mean time?

I am planning a major water change this weekend but the last few have had no impact.
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Old 09-13-2012, 10:04 AM   #16
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Run a reactor with GFO.
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Old 09-13-2012, 10:06 AM   #17
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If your phosphates are really that high then your rock and substrate will be saturated with phosphates. Due to this you'll be battling them for awhile since they will leach the phosphates out over time. A reactor would.be your best choice running gfo or another phosphate remover. Also obviously water changes will help out too.
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Old 09-13-2012, 11:55 PM   #18
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Ok, i just found out my wife has been feeding the tank with a medicated food. I looked at the ingredients and it says "Active Ingredient: Chloroquine Phosphate" is this the type of phosphate my test kit tests for or is this a beneficial type of phosphate?
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I would definitely stop feeding with that food and test again and see if your levels start dropping.
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Old 09-14-2012, 12:01 AM   #20
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I would definitely stop feeding with that food and test again and see if your levels start dropping.
She said she just fed it tonight, how long should i expect before i start to see a drop.
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